Sarah Trent, MA

Director of New Initiatives & Executive Education

Sarah Trent is the Director of New Initiatives & Executive Education. In partnership with the team, Sarah imagines, defines, and executes custom, certificate, short courses through a portfolio of international governmental, NGO, private, academic, and health care institutions seeking to train global health leaders. Additionally, she evaluates, incubates, and fosters a pipeline of new University initiatives focused on research and education. Prior to serving as the Director of New Initiatives & Executive Education, Sarah was the University’s first Academic Director and Director of the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery.

Before joining UGHE, Sarah led hospital-based quality improvement initiatives and facilitated education and training to enhance health care management in Rwanda and Ethiopia as a Health Manager with Yale’s Global Health Leadership Initiative. She worked at Kigali’s King Faisal Hospital and taught in the University of Rwanda’s School of Public Health’s first Master of Healthcare and Hospital Administration program. Sarah also facilitated intervention training as a member of Yale’s Leadership Saves Lives team to support US hospitals to improve organizational culture and ultimately lower mortality related to heart attacks.

Prior to these roles, Sarah was the Assistant Director for International Operations at the Duke Global Health Institute where she strategically developed the Institute’s global partnerships addressing innovative research, education, and training throughout Brazil, China, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Rwanda, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Uganda. Sarah worked in the policy division of UNICEF’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama City, Panama, at Duke University as the Assistant Director of the Benjamin N. Duke and Trinity Scholars Program, and as the Assistant Director for Programs at DukeEngage where she focused on global and domestic civic engagement.

Sarah holds a BA from the University of Redlands and an MA from Duke University.